The Happold Lecture - Future vision: What should engineering look like in a world that is on fire

14th September 2021

The Happold Lecture

FREE event - online via Big Marker and limited in-person attendance

6:30pm - Happold Lecture (in-person registration from 6pm)
8:00pm - Drinks & Canapes


The Women's Engineering Society and the Happold Foundation are delighted to present this year's inspirational Happold Lecture. The lecture will consider a future vision for engineering against the backdrop of growing awareness of inequality and exclusion and imminent and growing threats from climate change. Elizabeth Donnelly, the CEO of Women’s Engineering Society, will be chairing the discussions of a truly stellar panel:

  • Dr. Priti Parikh is Associate Professor at UCL Bartlett, Head of Engineering for International Development Centre, Trustee for Happold Foundation and has been recently elected to the Institution of Civil Engineer’s Council. Her research looks at access to infrastructure in resource challenged settings combining engineering and social sciences.
  • Dr. Ellie Cosgrave is a civil engineer and also an Associate Professor at UCL. Her research is driven by three intersecting themes: the impact of rapid urbanisation, technological innovation, and human wellbeing and social justice.
  • Mara-Tafadzwa Makoni is a systems engineer with over 10 years of international experience in operational monitoring and due diligence advisory across sustainable development, renewable energy, and transport.

The lecture will be followed by an evening reception, attended by Chi Onwurah MP, former shadow minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation, and Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central. This networking opportunity will allow attendees to connect and reflect on how they can apply the ideas presented in the lecture and work together to be a part of the solution.

Covid-19 restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety and comfort of guests.

Bookings for the live event have now closed but registrations remain open online. Registration via the link below is required to view the event on the Big Marker online platform. 

Click here to register to join online